I began taking Amitiza at the suggestion if my PCP. I've always had the constipation/diarrhea cycle for as long as I can remember; I've become so immune to not having BM's that I went 10+ days without BM. I've taken Miralax on a regular basis but it took 2 doses of magnesium citrate, 2 fleet enemas and 2 soap enemas before having a BM. I was originally prescribed 24 mg 2x daily but developed hands and feet. I went down to 8 mg with no success so I began taking 24 mg again. The first few days, I had almost nonstop BM's and while not diarrhea it was very soft. This went on for 2-3 days and became firmer and less frequent. However, it has been 3 days now without BM, although drinking lots of water, eating similar foods and have used Miralax in the past 2 days, still with no results. Has anyone experienced similar conditions and if so what changed the outcome?
Amitiza is used to treat chronic constipation in adults. It increases the secretion of fluid in your intestines to help make it easier to pass stools. A healthy diet containing fibre (wholegrain breads and cereals, bran, fruit and green leafy vegetables) with several glasses of water each day and daily exercise are important in maintaining healthy bowel function. For people who have problems with constipation, foods such as pastries, puddings, sugar, sweets, cheese and cake can make matters worse and are best avoided.
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